Mr Lucky is a clown cabaret about Mozambique born crooner Al Bowlly. A chronically unlucky charmer and gambler, Bowlly had a voice like velvet but a life marked by misfortune.

Mr Lucky

inSPACE Development

Mr Lucky is a clown cabaret about crooner Al Bowlly. Born in Mozambique, he worked as a busker, barber and jockey in South Africa. Bowlly eventually moved to England, becoming one of the first singer superstars, ending up recording over 1000 songs. Bowlly had a voice like velvet but a life marked by misfortune: he found his wife in bed with another man on his wedding night, he was killed by a door flying off its handles during the blitz in World War II. Bowlly’s voice has been heard in soundtracks such as Amelie and was the first to record Blue Moon, yet not much is publicly known about his life.

Hew Parham creates one man shows which often straddle a bittersweet dimension. In Mr Lucky, Hew explores Bowlly's life but also how his music and life echoes Hew's travels overseas, tragic romantic mishaps and missed moments of fame.

Creative Team

Hew Parham - Writer & Performer
Jamie Hornsby
- Writer & Performer 
Rebecca Meston
- Director

Creative Team Bios

Hew Parham

Hew Parham is a graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre. In 2007 Hew was the recipient of the Neil Curnow Award where he trained at The Hunter Gates Academy of physical theatre in Edmonton, Canada, and in the Pochinko Clowning Method at The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance (MCCP) in Ontario, Canada. Hew has developed several solo shows with his comedic characters, which have been showcased in Adelaide, New York City, Quebec, and Brisbane. Hew has travelled extensively with Melbourne based company Bunk Puppets to tour their show Sticks Stones Broken Bones to countries such as Norway, Germany and China. Other credits includes: Me and My Shadow (Patch Theatre Company); Boo (Windmill Theatre Company); Superheroes (Stone/Castro); Blister by Sarah Peters (Holden Street Theatres); and If you can learn to fake authenticity you have it made by Rebecca Meston (Feltspace). Hew has directed shows such as: Egg (Erin Fowler Projects, Adelaide Fringe); Chameleon (Frank Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rumpus); Dead Gorgeous: A True Crime Clown Show (Madness of Two, Adelaide Fringe Festival); and Light Minded (AC Arts).

Jamie Hornsby

Jamie Hornsby is an award-winning playwright, actor and photographer. He has been described in Stage Whispers as “a major voice in Australian playwriting” and The Barefoot Review as “one of the most promising young playwrights in the country today.” His play because there was fire was the inaugural commission from Jopuka Productions and won Best New Work at the Newcastle Fringe Awards, and in 2018 Jamie won the Flinders University Young Playwrights Award for his play ASCEND, culminating in a week-long development and public reading with the State Theatre Company of South Australia. He has written for State Theatre Company South Australia and ActNow Theatre in their Decameron 2.0 project, and his writing appears on Season 2 of New Wave, an audio-theatre podcast. Jamie is a graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts as an actor. He was the inaugural Artist in Residence at Slingsby, alongside Ellen Graham, with whom he co-founded Madness of Two, an exciting new theatre collective. 

Rebecca Meston

A graduate of the University of Sydney - BA (English and Performance Studies), Rebecca is a playwright and theatre maker. She has had her work performed at This Is Not Art (Newcastle), Performance Space’s Nighttime, Fraser Street Studio’s Uncoordinated, Metro Arts, Format Festival, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre Company, Vitalstatistix and the Adelaide Fringe. Her most recent work, developed with the support of Arts South Australia, is Hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s. In 2018, Rebecca presented If you can learn to fake authenticity you’ve got it made in the shopfront window of FELTspace Gallery Adelaide. Following developments with inSPACE, Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre, her show Drive was programmed for Theatre Works in June 2019 and has now been published by Australian Plays. 

Image Credit: Jamie Hornsby

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28 Jul 2022

Duration 50mins (plus Q&A)


Thu, 28 Jul 2022, 6:00PM


Drama Centre Rehearsal Room, Adelaide Festival Centre


Ages 15 and up

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